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Food security and humanitarian implications in West Africa and the Sahel, N°84 - August - September 2017

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Key points:

  • The agricultural production is expected to be overall average to above-average in West Africa and the Sahel.

  • Fodder deficits persist in the extreme North-East of Chad, the pastoral zone of Niger, Northern Senegal and the agro-pastoral zone of Mauritania.

  • The Fall Armyworm continues to spread in the region, the situation remains very worrying.

The food security situation in West Africa and the Sahel is expected to improve with the appearance of the first season crops in coastal countries and early crops in the Sahel including millet and cowpea.

Despite the overall satisfactory pastoral situation, some areas, such as in the extreme North-East of Chad, the pastoral zone of Niger, in Northern Senegal and in the agro-pastoral zone of Mauritania, remain at risk of fodder deficit, which may indicate difficulties for pastoral households.

The spread of the Fall Armyworm continues in West Africa and the Sahel where 14 countries are affected.

Heavy rains have caused floods, resulting in extensive damage on the crops and infrastructures in Sierra Leone, Niger, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Benin.